Many of the things we do begin with an invitation. “Hey, come and check this out!” or “Wanna see a movie?” or ”Let's check out the Timbers." We also see many people in the biblical accounts being invited to come and check Jesus out. Some of these people were hurt and they heard that Jesus was a healer. Some of these people were skeptical and heard that he actually performed miracles. Some of these people were curious and heard that he spoke unlike anyone else. All of these people accepted an invitation to Come & See.
Come & See
Just as many people were invited to check Jesus out then, we have found that many people are being invited to check Jesus out now. First Baptist Church Beaverton is built on an invitation for people to progressively investigate Jesus and his claims as being the resurrected Son of God. We don’t see the responsibility of the church to convince anyone of this, our job is to just have an open invitation to come and see.
The invitation is open to anyone to attend a Sunday morning worship gathering, come and see what Jesus is about. We take Jesus seriously and our worship services are crafted to reflect the real encounters this church has had with God. So, come and see for yourself. We won’t pressure you in any way to validate the claims of Jesus Christ. Your curiosity is already doing that. So we invite you to Come and see this Sunday.
Come & Be
When Jesus grabs your attention, the invitation becomes personal. The invitation becomes one to believe or reject. The invitation is Come and Be. Maybe Christ really is who he said he was and His invitation to Come and Be(come) more like him cannot be resisted. Maybe you have accepted Jesus’ invitation of salvation. Maybe you have accepted Jesus invitation to trust Him with all of your struggles and hopes, so all that is left is just desiring to become more like Him, freer from worry and hopelessness, less prone toward guilt, and growing joy by accepting His presence in your life.
Come and Be leads us to a new invitation to join ourselves with other people who have also decide to trust their living as a Jesus follower. Jesus’ invitation then becomes about being the church and the church is best when groups of people are learning to live in connected relationships with other followers of Jesus. At our church, we call these small groups, because they are made up of small groups of people as opposed to one large group of the whole church. The small groups at FBC is about creating predictable environments where people pursue spiritual growth and healthy relationships.
Come & Do
So invite a few of your friends and begin this aspect of your spiritual journey.As you begin to understand the holy invitation that Jesus provided, it becomes increasingly difficult to not act. The invitation then becomes Come and Do. An active and growing faith requires both an internal and external action. The internal action is to develop the spiritual practices and disciplines to identify the calcified and restless sin in our lives and replace it with Jesus’ forgiveness and new living. The external action becomes magnified on inviting others to Come & See and Come & Be. This may mean leading a small group, or developing a ministry, or leading your family or workplace into biblical living.
These are Jesus’ invitations:
- Come & See
- Come & Be
- Come & Do.